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Gavin Newsom at his other job. Courtesy SF Chronicle We should talk more broadly about politics in this country. Instead, most of our "political" discussions have deteriorated into the kind of name-calling you see between fans of rival sports teams. This is why I give endorsements for every election. I tell you who/what I'm going to vote for and why. I encourage all of you who have any online
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Table grapes from a vineyard near Hebron. I shot this from a car. Who knows what ancient varieties may be there? If you are a fan of unusual grape varieties, the Israeli winery Recanati has a couple of wines for you. Their story is, literally, epic: centuries spent in hiding until Israeli-Palestinian cooperation brought them back. The ancient white wine has been available for four years; the
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I love that he's specific. Not just "wine," or "good wine." Butler knew exactly the bottle he was going to open. For those of you not following the NBA, Minnesota had not made the playoffs since 2004, the longest stretch of no-postseason play in a league where more than half the teams make the playoffs. The Wolves faced Denver on Wednesday in the final game of the regular season, with the
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Peter Mondavi Jr. last week Few wineries in the United States can give you the taste of history, for better and worse, like Charles Krug. It's all there: the world-class wine made in California before outsiders realized it was possible; the hardship wrought by a bitter lawsuit between brothers; the slow rebuilding of vineyard sources; the modern move toward ever-riper wines. This is a long
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André Tchelitscheff is arguably the most important man in modern California wine history, but that doesn't guarantee that a documentary about his life will be interesting. Fortunately, his grand-nephew Mark Tchelistcheff, who spent 10 years working on the film "André -- The Voice of Wine," enlists eloquent wine people from around the world to tell the story of a man who went from fighting on
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I love visiting Napa Valley. It's beautiful, and the food in good restaurants may be even better on a world scale than the wine. I love many of the wines. Napa Valley has such good terroir that it can always surprise you. I'm not a fan of high-alcohol overextracted Cabernets, which the valley is famous for, but there are so many other great (and usually cheaper) wines there that I could drink
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Damien Wilson I started something rare recently, an intelligent discussion on social media, by tweeting my disdain for a fawning article about another tech company that knows nothing about wine "disrupting" the business by putting bulk wine in its own bottles. Soon I found myself the least intelligent person in the cyber-room, as Felicity Carter, editor-in-chief of Meininger's Wine Business
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Naji Boutros Naji Boutros went to Stanford and got a masters in artificial technology. He was a vice president at Merrill Lynch in London. Then in 1996 he made a visit home to Lebanon, to see his grandfather's old vineyard and hotel. It was in ruins, as was most of Bhamdoun, the village around it. "The village was a Christian village, and it was massacred in the war, in 1983," Boutros said. "
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The Gray Report by W. Blake Gray - 3M ago
I created a decision tree to answer this popular question. Follow me on Twitter: @wblakegray and Instagram @wblakegray and like The Gray Report on Facebook.
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Chef Wong has a great idea on tipping Restaurant servers make more money than line cooks. This is because of tipping. Many chefs are trying to change this disparity, but it's difficult.  The Trump Administration plunged into the problem last year with a proposal that's not a bad idea: that restaurants could redistribute tips among all workers. This is exactly what many conscientious chefs
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